13 September 2011
This week’s (10 – 15 September) British Science Festival, held in Bradford, is demonstrating the latest in energy efficient household technology with one of its major attractions, the ‘house of the future’.
Businesses in the region, including global consultants WYG, volunteered to develop a recently renovated former derelict house on Lower Rushton Road, just off Leeds Road, to showcase the range of sustainable and technological solutions available to tackle energy efficiency and sustainability in existing pre-1900 homes.
Working closely with Bradford Property Forum, WYG’s engineers provided expert advice on the low carbon aspects of the house’s strategy transforming it into a practical and sustainable future proofed home.
Andy Briggs, Technical Director, WYG said: “The ‘house of the future’ clearly shows how sustainable design can be applied to existing residences. The house, which is owned by Bradford Council, combines permanent fixtures, display models, hands-on exhibits and temporary items which highlight the innovative, local products that can help save money and be environmentally friendly.
“We played a major role in the low carbon building aspects of the project such as recommending the use of low energy LED lighting, voltage optimisation to reduce electrical consumption, a photo-voltaic solar panel to generate electricity and low energy heating in the form of a high-efficiency condensing boiler with a heat recovery unit connected to low surface temperature radiators. The technologies allow the house to reach practical targets of efficiency and, in turn, low energy consumption.
“During the festival, and for two weeks afterwards, the hard work of more than 30 businesses and organisations involved in the delivery of the programme can be experienced by the public.”
The ‘house of the future’ was the idea of Anthony Waddington, programme manager of Bradford Chamber’s Be Involved project which is aimed at linking businesses in Bradford with local community activities. Anthony commented: “It is great that we have been able to feature some of the most advanced, technical products and services to help reduce carbon footprint. Without the input and expertise of businesses like WYG this project wouldn’t have been possible.
“WYG’s experience has been invaluable and it has been a pleasure to work with a company that is committed to developing innovative and sustainable solutions.”
Other technologies and systems incorporated in the house include permeable paving to reduce rainwater run off, rainwater recovery and the use of recycled furniture and materials.
Andy Briggs continued: “The project has shown that carbon reductions of over 3.5 tons per year can be achieved through changes to building fabric and services alone.”